From Edible Art to Permanent Art
I'm Robyn, of Robyn Robynson Jewelry.
After being a Pastry Chef for 10 years, I knew that I needed a change of careers. I should have followed my heart more in high school when choosing my first career, as I'd adored, purchased and cherished locally handmade artistic jewelry from my hometowns or while on vacations. These pieces brought happiness to me, not in quantity but rather in quality, but I didn't quite understand the reasons why they made me feel the way I did. In school metal-smithing and jewelry making isn't really something that is presented as a career path. So to soothe my creative side I took home economics, knitting, and hot lamp work lesson after school. While in Saint Joseph, Michigan, working a part-time job at a small restaurant, I fell in love with creating hand made items. This allowed me to express myself through food. The number one thing I came to realize is, good food makes people happy and I loved making people happy. Oh boy, was it full of challenges. My boss must have had a good sense of humor. He gave me, a seventeen-year-old inexperienced high schooler, the job of designing and making weekly flavor combinations of sushi. Of which I knew absolutely nothing about. I had never even eaten sushi before, so how was I supposed to know what made sushi good versus bad. However, it did open me to new experiences which I came to love. After graduating there, I attended The Culinary Institute of America and furthered my love for handmade edible items.
It wasn't until my mom started metal-smithing 4 years ago as a hobby, that I realized I had an interest in it and it spoke to me. She kept making and showing me all kinds of jewelry that I loved. At that time I was running my bakery, The Fayetteville Pastry Shop and loved baking and all my customers, but those were 5 of the hardest years in my life. In my heart, I came to realize what would be best for my family and myself. So I made one of the hardest decisions of my life, to close my beloved bakery in order to start a new business, Robyn Robynson Jewelry. It was such a difficult decision to make because I didn't want to hurt my customers and I knew I would miss them terribly.
I soon came to realize how much I enjoy working in the permanent form of art making beautiful things that can last a lifetime or more, as opposed to a making a temporary art, where the enjoyment only lasts but a few minutes until it is fully consumed. Although, smartphone pictures and Instagram have helped prolong the enjoyment of these temporary edible arts.
I truly hope your new pieces of jewelry will bring you as much joy as they have brought me, from designing to lovingly hand-creating them. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will join me on my new journey.